By Felipe Leon
Photos: Boxeo Tijuana
A better than average fight card was presented by Tijuana’s own Zanfer Promotions last Friday night at the now new home for the city’s boxing, the Tecate Box Tour tent, located in the parking lot of the historic Caliente racetrack. Despite being a complete free event, a modest crowd was in attendance but they got to witness a ten-bout fight card full of local and north of the border talent.
Local flyweight Felipe Salguero (18-4-1, 13KOs) returned to his hometown after more than a year and a half out to stop Mexicali’s Armando “Chiquita” Vazquez (20-10, 4KOs) in a controversial in the seventh round of a scheduled ten.
Salguero’s last appearance in his city was back in January of 2012 when he stopped journeyman Carlos Melo in five. Since then, Salguero has been giving his passport some use making stops in the Philippines where he dropped a unanimous decision against Donnie Nietes for the WBO light flyweight title and then to Panama where he was stopped by Luis Rios in the eleventh in an IBF title eliminator.
As for Vazquez, he’s on a landslide, losing the previous three. Both men share a common opponent, Nietes who Vazquez fell to in one back in 2011.
The first was one of study but we still saw good action from both with the slightly shorter Vazquez going to the body more often than not. Salguero scored a telling right hand in the second but Vazquez stayed in the pocket looking to counterpunch the local favorite.
By the fifth it was evident that Vazquez wasn’t going to go easy as Salguero picked up the pace and began to score the better and more effective punches. Vazquez kept keeping it interesting by scoring good punches to the body including a left hook to the liver that bothered Salguero.
An accidental head but cut Salguero over the left eyebrow and that was the catalyst to step it up in the seventh. As he went after Vazquez, scoring punches to the body and head, the Mexicali fighter seemed to be playing possum, letting himself get hit so he could score a wide right hook which he tried numerous times during the round. Vazquez’s acting might have been to good since thinking he was hurt and ready to go, the referee Juan Jose Ramirez, stepped in and stopped the contest under the protest of Vazquez. Official time was 1:46.
Nuñez Has No Trouble with Hinajosa
In the announced co-main event, Sergio “Tabasco” Nuñez (10-0-1, 7KOs) remained undefeated by blasting out Raul Hinajosa (10-2-1, 9KOs) of Mexico City in the first round of a scheduled super featherweight eight. Nuñez had not tasted defeat since his first pro fight but against Nuñez, he was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of punches coming his way from the Sylmar, California, native.
It was all Nuñez from the opening bell and after a series of unanswered punches; a left hook was the final nail in the coffin for Hinajosa’s night. Referee Juan Jose Ramirez stepped in at the 1:52 of the first stanza.
Nery Beats Hernandez
In his toughest test to date, bantamweight Luis “Panterita” Nery (8-0, 5KOs) remained undefeated and looked impressive by stopping spoiler Saul “Bebe” Hernandez (3-5, 3KOs), both of Tijuana, in the fifth round of a scheduled six.
The southpaw Nery began the first round circling away from his much taller opponent but not without shooting some firm jabs to the mid section. Nery kept boxing, retreating well as Hernandez looked for the big punch like he did in his last fight by stopping previous undefeated Jose Toribio with a devastating left hook to the chin a couple of months back.
Nery started to pull away in the third as he began to take advantage of his southpaw stance as he put swift combinations to the body and head. Hernandez looked spent, a product of Nery’s insistent body attack.
With Hernandez looking like he didn’t want to be there anymore, Nery did him the favor and went after him with a barrage of punches that forced Juan Jose Ramirez to stop the action. Time was 1:04.
Super bantamweight Rosalio “Aspid” Rios (7-1, 6KOs) came back with his first professional loss to stop Enrique “Cholito” Flores (0-19-1), both of Tijuana, in the sixth round of six. Time was 2:53.
“Little Pete” Pedro Duran (3-0, 3KOs) of Paramount, CA, did quick work of Jorge Sillas (1-13, 1KO) of Tijuana stopping him with a left hook at the 2:44 mark of the second of a scheduled featherweight six.
In the best fight of the night, bantamweight Jose “Sonrics” Suarez (2-1) squeaked by with a split decision over Ramon “Moncho” Barbosa (2-2, 2KOs) in a barnburner four rounder. Barbosa dropped Saurez in the fourth but besides that still was on the losing end with scores of 38-37 and 39-38 for Saurez while the third judge saw it for him with a 38-37.
Light flyweight Pedro Hacha (2-0) took a unanimous decision over first timer Oscar Romero (0-1), both of Tijuana, with scores of 39-37 twice and 40-36.
Hard-hitting Pedro “Manitas de Piedra” Lopez (2-0, 1KO) dropped the granite chinned Jorge Zapoteco (0-1) in the fourth and final round but was not able to finish him off. He still took the unanimous decision with scores of 40-35 three times.
In typical Tijuana fashion, light welterweight Jaime Munguia (2-0, 2KOs) stopped a fighter of his own gym Luis Contreras (0-5), both of Tijuana, with a body shot in the second round. Official time was 2:41.
Tijuana middleweight Antonio “Tony” Gutierrez (12-0, 7KOs) looked average as he went four rounds with Felipe Molina (0-1), both of Tijuana, but still earned the unanimous decision with 40-36 times in a bout which was a lot closer than the scores read.